Threats to marine & human life posed by offshore wind

An email blast arrived in my inbox this morning that alerted recipients to a Perfect Storm threat to marine life. Consistent with my research, the offshore wind industry off the coastline of Cape Cod appears to be taking its toll.

My response to "all" appears directly below. I have included the email from Frank H., to which I've responded.

Your points are well taken, Frank. Thank you.

This is the Perfect Storm advanced by political hacks and a "culture of ethical failure", MMS/BOEM.

Expect the beaching of marine mammals to accelerate. And, expect offshore wind turbines, now corroding internally and externally, without a fix; and with grouting issues that cause them to sink and shift, without a fix, to fail. Expect cabling problems will represent over 70% of offshore wind projects' insurance claims with each repair average cost over $6 million.

ABC News
March 6, 2017
Seven dolphins, two pregnant, that were rescued Friday from the mudflats of a river on Cape Cod are among the most recent marine mammals that were found stranded in the area. In strandings, marine mammals — including dolphins, whales, porpoises and seals — come ashore, alive or dead.Mar 6, 2017
A surge in strandings of dolphins, other marine mammals on Cape ...
abcnews.go.com › story

THE PERFECT STORM
THREATENS MARINE LIFE
(Clips)-
2016
Federal court rules against the U.S. Navy and in favor of whales harmed by sonar:
https://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/amphtml/Environment/2016/0716/...

Yet, during July 2017-
Navy War Games planned for East Coast local waters pose grave risk to marine life-
War Games Planned for East Coast and Local Waters
July 05, 2017
The Navy intends to fire missiles, rockets, lasers, grenades and torpedoes, detonate mines and explosive buoys, and use all types of sonar in a series of live war exercises in inland and offshore waters along the East Coast.

In New England, the areas where the weapons and sonar may be deployed encompass the entire coastline, as well as Navy pier-side locations, port transit channels, civilian ports, bays, harbors, airports and inland waterways.

https://www.ecori.org/narragansett-bay/2017/7/5/war-games-planned-f...

By Telegraph reporters
11:30AM BST 18 Sep 2012
Survey ships using high-tech sonar to scan the seabed as part of plans to build offshore windfarms off Scotland's east coast could be responsible for the recent spate of whale beachings, conservationists warned today.

Seismic surveys could be disorientating the whales and driving them to their deaths on the beaches of Fife and Angus, Scotland, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said.

A number of vessels have been carrying out the high-tech scans in the Firth of Forth and North Sea in recent weeks.

Seventeen pilot whales died after a mass beaching in the East Neuk of Fife earlier this month.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/windpower/9550229/Envi...

This Dong/Eversource Taking of marine mammals is Only for site analysis, sonar testing, etc., excludes harm during construction!

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental/energy/dong_masswea_...

Marine Mammal Commission commented on DONG/Eversource "Taking" Marine life-
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/22/2016-19889/tak...

POLITICS TRUMPS PUBLIC SAFEY

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/the-cape-wind-autopsy

POST CAPE WIND PERMITTING-

Coast Guard Study Blockades Offshore Wind Energy
2016-05-2
https://checksandbalancesproject.org/new-coast-guard-study-blockade...

According to those at the meeting, the U.S. Navy has concluded that wind turbines do have a negative impact on Doppler radar and the safety of pilots at the local training facility.
http://www.kiiitv.com/mb/amp/news/local/study-says-wind-turbines-af...

OFFSHORE WIND TECHNOLOGY FAILS

DeepWater Wind is not without cabling, turbine, public safety & cost problems.
http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/ma-senators-markey-and-...

Advance even whilst no fix yet exists 4 offshore turbines corroding externally & internally?
http://www.materialsperformance.com/articles/material-selection-des...

SUPREME COURT United Kingdom August 3, 2017 Summary-Offshore wind turbines, industry-wide, have serious design flaw-
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=422465b6-2703-49a7-9...

Cable problems accounting 70% of offshore wind insurance claims. U.S. $6.5 mil. per mile repair cost!
https://offshore-cabling.iqpc.de

Thank You,
Barbara Durkin

On Aug 11, 2017, at 7:54 AM, fnhaggerty@aol.com wrote:

https://patch.com/massachusetts/falmouth/noaa-needs-moratorium-offs...

NOAA Needs Moratorium On Offshore Wind Over Whale Deaths
Blowing Brains Out Of Whales And Dolphins - Low-Frequency Noise -NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-OPR-55 July 2016-- A Repeat of Europe

Falmouth Massachusetts USA August 11, 2017

The construction process and implementation of offshore wind farms may have tipped the delicate underwater environment against the whales.
The United States Navy in 2015 facing several lawsuits has finally agreed to limit its use of sonar devices that harm dolphins and whales, especially in areas off the coast of Hawaii and Southern California.
NOAA needs to declare a moratorium on offshore wind until it concludes an investigation that has been ongoing for four months with no answers. The Right whales are endangered species
The US navy is aware low-frequency noise was blowing the brains out of whales (see video below)
NOAA Fisheries declared in April of 2017, the recent deaths of 41 humpback whales from 2016 through Maine to North Carolina to be an unusual mortality event, triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. Since the announcement by NOAA to investigate the whale deaths all types of the species continue to wash up on shore.
It's clear to the most casual observer the federal government has been funding the mapping of the ocean floors along the coast with high-resolution hydrographic sonar. The increase in whale deaths coincidently matches the increase in the offshore wind construction process.

Much of the mapping has been done with the NOAA vessel Nancey Foster.

Private ocean wind turbine companies have been conducting their own mapping off the coast to find the best location for underwater electric cables and turbines. Who knows what type of equipment they use or bid the work to a foreign government as is the case in most of the wind turbine construction.Very little concern has been raised regarding seismic surveys used on the ocean floor to measure where to place the wind turbines.
High power electric cables strung between the wind turbines emit magnetic and electric fields.Effects of EMF, electromagnetic fields from undersea cables add to the equation of noise and frequency.
NOAA is in the fourth month of an investigation of whale deaths.
Massachusetts state politicians have been investigating infra sound for seven years with no conclusion. There is no conclusion because of a political agenda on commercial wind turbines.
Falmouth a town on Cape Cod is ground zero for poorly placed wind turbines inthe United States along with twenty one other local communities
NOAA is aware of the dangers of low-frequency noise in the ocean per technical memo NMFS-OPR-55
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NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-OPR-55
July 2016
Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing
Underwater Acoustic Thresholds for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Marine mammals were divided into six groups for analysis: low-frequency cetaceans (group LF: mysticetes), mid-frequency cetaceans (group MF: delphinids, beaked whales, sperm whales), high-frequency cetaceans (group HF: porpoises, river dolphins), sirenians (group SI: manatees), phocids in water (group PW: true seals), and otariids and other non-phocid marine carnivores in water (group OW: sea lions, walruses, otters, polar bears).
Technical Guidance - NOAA Fisheries
Effects of noise on marine mammal hearing
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/Acoustic%20Guidance%20Files/o...
The North Atlantic right whale is particularly susceptible to ship strikes and ship strikes which are the largest cause of human-related mortality of this highly endangered species. Measures have been taken to reduce the risk of ship strikes of the right whale.
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Navy Sonar Blowing The Brains Out Of Whales And Dolphins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB1Fqy6P9Bg


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Navy Sonar Blowing The Brains Out of Whales and Dolphins! URGENT!!!
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Comment by Frank Haggerty on August 12, 2017 at 12:48pm


NOAA Needs Moratorium On Offshore Wind Over Whale Deaths
Blowing Brains Out Of Whales And Dolphins - Low-Frequency Noise -NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-OPR-55 July 2016-- A Repeat of Europe
https://patch.com/massachusetts/falmouth/noaa-needs-moratorium-offs...

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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